Robert Parker 85
A deep ruby color is followed by a big, sweet nose of cherry jam and spice, but this wine quickly loses its energy and staying power on the mid-palate and finish. Drink it over the next 5-6 years.
Anticipated maturity: 2014-2020
Deepest black cherry. Interesting nose – quite spicy and peppery dark fruit. Much darker and more coaly on the palate. Dry, fine grained, nothing in excess but not particularly exciting. A bit drying at the end. (JH)
Anticipated maturity: 2016-2026
Medium bright ruby. Black cherry, blackberry, flint and violet on the tangy nose. Lively, juicy and firm, with coffee and cocoa accents to the black fruit flavors. Not especially fleshy or complex but pure and penetrating, with building austerity. This moderately long, firmly tannic wine appears to be built to age but I wonder if the fruit will outlast the tannins.